Busy in Cologne


Busy in Cologne

SILENCE ON THE BLOG CAN ONLY MEAN ONE THING: loads of work and busy-ness in my life right now. And the last 5 weeks have been no exception. After arriving in Munich in September, work brought me to Cologne early October. And since then it’s been a whirlwind of new-ness. (more…)

Postcard from (multi-culturally diverse) Vancouver

Ocean bay, Vancouver

IMAGINE EUROPEAN FLAIR ON THE STREETS, American brands and business hours, and a cultural pot-pourri of Asian influences – et voilá, that’s Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.

A mere 4 hour drive – whew – from southern Seattle, Vancouver is just a hop away from the US-Canadian border. And a visit was mandatory, if only to check out the much-talked-about Vancouver Bay.


One day with firefighters {part 2}


THE PRESSURES OF WITNESSING TRAUMATIC SITUATIONS, staying calm in the midst of panic and chaos along with the terrible working hours is very hard on a firefighter. Not only does the 24-hour shift destroy your bio-rhythm, working with medical cases or fire emergencies is dangerous on top of that.

Cancer is most common among firefighters, I was told. Even though provided with masks and other protection, fumes from fires still manage to get into the system. And the psychological pressures of working with sick, injured or dying people can cause posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


SO HOW DO OUR FIREFIGHTERS COPE? Most firefighters I met have a strong family that supports them and gives them the backing they need to do their job for the community. (more…)

One day with firefighters {part 1}


I’VE ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT A FIREFIGHTER’S DAILY ROUTINE might look like. How many fires he puts out, how he manages those long shifts, and what kind of motivation and character might be hidden behind those full-body suits and helmets.

As luck may have it, I was invited by our local fire chief to ride along for a day. And you know me – won’t miss out on that great an opportunity to peak into a life many boys dream of and even more girls swoon at.

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WITH CAMERA IN HAND AND A HIGH CURIOSITY LEVEL, I was standing at the Lacey Fire District 3’s front desk. Fire Chief Steve Brooks welcomed me with a warm handshake and immediately got into explaining the building’s inner set-up. I am still astounded at the cleanliness of the fire station. (more…)

Kyle, the world’s best hugger


KYLE WAS INTRODUCED TO ME AS THE WORLD’S BEST HUGGER. And they were right! I met Kyle while shooting my favorite group of coffee makers at the Olympia Farmer’s Market. He has this sweet and shining smile that radiates at everyone.

Taken from the Faces of Oly series, exhibit June 12 to July 15, 2014 at Burial Grounds, downtown Olympia.

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Faces of Oly exhibit opens June 12


FACES OF OLY portrays the stories of numerous individuals I have had the honor of meeting in Olympia over the last few months. Each photograph tells a story and depicts an exciting moment in my Olympia adventure.

Truly getting to know a city means getting to know the people that live and work there. People that exhale that city’s charisma and allure.

Portraying the city through these inspiring individuals is the heart of this project. And I am proud to be displaying the series at one of my favorite – and very Olympian – cafés, Burial Grounds.

In addition, I will also be launching a virtual exhibit for anyone not in Olympia who wants to check out the pieces and their individual stories. Stay tuned for more on that.

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